Washington Printmakers Gallery Lila Oliver Asher Favorites Old and New

By Editorial Team on December 4, 2017

Sat, 09 December 2017 - Sat, 06 January 2018

Lila Asher, Mother and Child, linocut. Courtesy of Washington Printmakers Gallery.
Reception: Saturday, December 9 from 4pm to 7pm

Washington Printmakers Gallery presents Favorites Old and New, an exhibition of work by critically acclaimed printmaker Lila Oliver Asher whose work has been widely exhibited and is held in numerous public collections.

Born in 1921, Asher studied to be a portrait painter. She says, however, that her experience during World War II, when she was an USO artist who sketched portraits of more than three thousand patients in military hospitals “somehow satisfied or cooled that desire.”

After the war, Asher taught at Howard University, where she encountered printmaking. She became known for her linoleum cut prints, which show her deep interest in human relations, with images of children, families and lovers, as well as Greek myths and Bible stories. As one critic wrote, “Asher has the consummate illustrator’s gift for seizing the proper moment, gesture and form with which to depict a particular theme or idea.”

Asher’s prints all show her fascination with line. Another critic noted that “Asher has built her entire career in art upon the firm foundation of line. We are all the beneficiaries of that…Our eye follows her line and hears its music, even cues us to join the chorus.”

In addition to older works, this exhibit will include new work including A Woman of Valor. This is an artist book featuring nine separate prints, based on Bible proverbs.


  • Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

The exhibition is located at Washington Printmakers Gallery at 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information, visit https://www.washingtonprintmakers.com/.